Standard Disclaimers: Please set appropriate followups. Recommendation does not factor in price. Not all books will have arrived in your area this week. Got my new glasses today, smaller frames. Rants, Capsules can be found on my homepage, http://www.eyrie.org/~dvandom/Rants First Look Comments: Books I read over the weekend as First Looks, but didn't buy, so can't really say much in detail about. DC has stopped having First Looks, so it's just Marvel and Image...and there's word that Diamond doesn't want to bother with the program at all anymore. Books for next week - New Warriors #1: Marvel - The indicia doesn't list a volume number...as if the previous three or four series of this name never happened. Mind you, a lot of this is really picking up from the recent New Mutants, focusing on Sofia. Promising, though. Recommended. $2.99/$3.75Cn Omega Flight #3 (of 5): Marvel - Well, the main threat is revealed, mostly in a murky and badly lit sequence. Guardian v3 angsts. The misfit parade continues. Ehn. Very mildly recommended. $2.99/$3.75Cn Ms. Marvel #16: Marvel - Somewhat fractured issue, going in a lot of directions at once. Some good bits, but no oomph. Mildly recommended. $2.99/$3.75Cn Avengers the Initiative #2: Marvel - Mostly Komodo's issue this time out, with a little Hardball. Decent issue, with some interesting developments, but not really playing to Slott's strengths. Mildly recommended. $2.99/$3.75Cn Capsules: Short, relatively spoiler-free reviews of books I actually bring home (as opposed to reading in preview form in the shop or online). If I get a book late due to distributor foulups or whatever, I'll put it in the Missing section. Books of Note (Strongly Recommended or otherwise worthy): None. Countdown #48 (of 0): DC - We're getting OYL'ed again here. They're jumping over a bunch of important stuff, and I don't really trust them anymore to actually fill in the gaps in any meaningful way any time soon. On the one hand, I am curious about some of the answers. On the other hand, 52 proved that they don't really care about providing answers. Maybe in the final couple issues we'll get some quick panels expositing on why Black Adam got his powers back so quickly, or how it is everyone knows Jason Todd is the Red Hood or...feh. Dropping this book. Anything important will be press- released anyway. $2.99/$3.65Cn Teen Titans #47: DC - It's nice to see someone using footnotes these days. Not so nice that the title's being made the slave of crossovers and events, though. This issue, it's all about being the other side of Countdown #48, and next issue looks like it'll be dominated by Amazons Attack. Of course, the fact that Beechen's writing the title now has something to do with it. I may end up dropping this pretty soon if it doesn't break away from the answerless Countdown. Also, Batista's art is worse than I can recall seeing from him, ever. Neutral. $2.99/$3.65Cn Action Comics #850: DC - Using the Waid LSH as a framing sequence, we get a series of snapshots of the new and retconned Superman backstory, plus one supervillain conflict woven into it. Also has some quick looks at Superman versions of other Earths, yay new Multiverse. A decent story. Recommended. $3.99/$4.75Cn Justice Society of America #6: DC - Speaking of the LSH, lots of Legion stuff here too, natch. The 7th Legionnaire is revealed, there's some big crowd scene fighting, Eaglesham really makes Liberty Belle look like a 40s heroine, and the whole thing is gonna wrap up in a book I really don't plan to buy due to its record of sucking. Sigh. Mildly recommended...would be higher, but it's an incomplete story that requires buying a bad book to finish. $2.99/$3.65Cn Blue Beetle #15: DC - A fill-in story written by J. Torres and full of veiled and not-so-veiled sexual innuendo as Jaime finds out how the armor interacts with Livewire (the one who got brought in out of the STAS continuity, not Garth Ranzz). Ending is a little "pat on the head"-ish, but I suppose there's not too much Torres could do in a fill-in. Mildly recommended. $2.99/$3.65Cn Fall of Cthulhu #3: Boom! Studios - To the extent Mythos has "good guys", the good guys show up this issue. Nodens is, IIRC, one of the post- Lovecraft additions to the Mythos, though, a bit of a wildcard in that respect. And also named after an aspect of Mars, although I don't really know how closely he's supposed to be tied to Mars Nodens, the wargod who likes dogs. Anyway, as before, the best part of the issue involves the Harlot of the Dreamlands, and the rest tends to drag. Mildly recommended. $3.99 Fallen Angel v2 #16: IDW - Still no #15, though. Kristian Donaldson draws this issue and I'm guessing he (she?) also drew last issue. Style reminds me a bit of Ken Steacy, maybe a bit of Mark Wheatley influence as well. Ragged and rough, on purpose. The story of "no, it's not really Linda Danvers" Lin wraps up, and I'm not really sure what its point is in the overall arc. It could be a cautionary tale about how the guardian of Bete Noire can go dark, but it's explicitly pointed out that Lee has already faced that crisis and passed. Hm. Mildly recommended. $3.99 Fred Perry's S-Guild #1: Antarctic Press - Finally caught up on missing AP books. This one does not read like a one-shot. Instead, it clearly reads like the beginning of an epic. But I'm pretty sure that in the time since this came out, almost a year, there hasn't been a #2. A quick googling shows two things: no #2 to be found, and about half the hits for "Fred Perry's S-Guild" are me having kept this title in my "missing books" list for most of a year. Anyway, this sets up like any other Final Fantasy sort of story, but while the frontispiece claims that the premise is "what if all the A-lister heroes in a video game died, and you were left with the B-listers?" there's really no sign in the actual story that this is the case. Not that much can be said from the story in general, the pacing is pretty decompressed with the expectation of filling in the details later. Mildly recommended. $3.50/$4.75Cn Gold Digger Tangent #2: Antarctic Press - Love the Ayane story. Found the first Northern Edge Guard story a bit hard to follow...mind you, the fact it's been about a year since I read the first half does tend to hurt in that regard, but the layout in general is iffy in a lot of places. The second NEG story was okay, if a bit cliched. Recommended. $2.99/$4.05Cn DinoWars #3 (of 4): Antarctic Press - Heh. The U.N. can TOO act quickly when necessary. :) Cute how everyone was trying to pull a fast one on each other (as usually happens in negotiations) and Debra manages to make sure that the long run will work out for the best. Things move a little quickly after that, and the deus ex machina is a tad convenient. Recommended. $2.99/$4.05Cn DinoWars #4 (of 4): Antarctic Press - The story wraps up with a big aerial chase and fight before the deus ex machina can be deployed. The possibility of resentment over the negotiations in #3 isn't really addressed in the wake of how super-effective the deus ex machina is, though. Recommended. $3.50/$4.05Cn (huh, no rise in Canadian price...typo, or finally catching up with the exchange rate?) Penny Arcade v4 "Birds Are Weird": Dark Horse - Given how I just spent over an hour reading this, I don't really have anything to say about it. :) It's the strips from 2003, with commentary. At the end is a bunch of Gabe's old art, including a no-doubt embarrassing Liefeldian Period (I won't mock him too heavily for this...I homaged the Robgoblin a few times myself back in college before coming to my senses). Recommended. Observation: wow, this week kinda sucked. The only thing that came out this week and got better than "mildly recommended" is a collection of stuff from 2003. And no Marvel books at all. And even if the Ark Compendium had come out, that's essentially old stuff too. Skip week. Sometimes it should just BE skipped, I suppose. Gone Missing: Stuff that came out some places this week and that I wanted to buy, but couldn't find for whatever reason, so people don't have to email me asking "Why didn't you review X?" (If it's neither here nor in the section above, though, feel free to ask, I might have forgotten about it!) Current list as of 5/31: Still missing Dr. Debunko: the Short Stories, Devil's Panties #7 and #8, Fallen Angel #15, "You Can Draw Transformers". Add Transformers Ark Compendium. Awards: "Wake Me When He Turns Into Gamera" Award to Countdown #48 (of no more being bought by me for now, thanks). "Beechen? No, Not Even Remotely" Award to Teen Titans #47 "I Really Would Rather Have Seen A Whole Issue About The First Superman We Saw" Award to Action Comics #850 "Okay, I Keep Seeing Liberty Belle Meeting Doctor Developer" Award to Justice Society of America #6 "All Superman Villains Know How To Get Caught Without Looking Awkward" Award to Blue Beetle #15 "Shades Of The Muppaphone" Award to Fall of Cthulhu #3 "Payment In Kind" Award to Fallen Angel v2 #16 "Vaporware?" Award to Fred Perry's S-Guild #1 "Yes, Everything She Owns DOES Have To Be Black" Award to Gold Digger Tangent #2 "Vote Like The Wind!" Award to DinoWars #3 (of 4) "Nnnnn-Rays" Award to DinoWars #4 (of 4) "The Key To Superhero Design Is Accessorizing" Award to Penny Arcade v4 Dave Van Domelen, "I don't like it when villains I've never HEARD of from a time I don't BELONG in use me for purposes no one can figure OUT. Makes me NUTS." - Val Armorr, Countdown #48. You and me both, Val.Back to the Main Rants Page.
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